Jurgen Klopp considers Takumi Minamino a surprise as Liverpool midfield prepares to strengthen
Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 victory over AC Milan on Wednesday night, but that wasn’t without some surprises from Jurgen Klopp.
While Harvey Elliott Forced to withdraw after suffering a dislocated ankle last weekend against Leeds United and was replaced at the Reds’ starting 11 by Jordan Henderson, the German did not stop there as he made four changes to his squad to face Il Rossoneri, with Virgil van Dijk. , Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane also to withdraw from Joe Gomez and Naby Keita Divock Origi.
Considering the Dutchman only returned from an ACL injury in the summer, it may not have been as much of a surprise as it first appeared. club Don’t take any chances with the center back by cumming in two games in four days.
But the fact that Origi joined Mane, on his first start since January and his first since March, inevitably caused eyebrows, no less because he was expected to leave the club before the transfer window closed last month.
With Crystal Palace visiting Anfield on Saturday ahead of the League Cup trip to Norwich City after next Tuesday, Klopp’s selection at Milan suggests more changes will follow as he looks to keep his side fresh.
And with Origi back in the starting line-up making it clear that you can’t rule out team news curve balls in the future, we take a look at the changes the Reds coach could make against the Eagles.
Van Dyck is back
the obvious, Virgil van Dijk He is likely to return against Palace after leaving an unused substitute against Milan, and is likely to partner Joel Matip if Klopp restores the centre-back partnership that has performed well so far this season.
As such, Joe Gomez will withdraw before returning to Norwich, in a match that could give Ibrahima Konate his goal. Liverpool for the first time.
Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson retained their quarterback positions before heading off the field at Carrow Road.
Could we be about to see Klopp unleash a midfield trio that includes Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson?
The Liverpool captain started with the Spaniard withdrawing from facing Milan, their roles reversed last weekend against Leeds United as the Reds boss managed to turn the game time after a late return to pre-season after their exploits in Euro 2020.
Harvey Elliott was the man to have benefited from such a rotation, but with the teenager now sidelined by injury, the duo could start alongside Fabinho in a rare example of Liverpool offering their strongest midfield on paper.
Naby Keita has been impressed with his return to the starting line-up against Milan, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Curtis Jones are also options, however, with the start of the inaugural season against Norwich, it may be up to them. The next startup ran out again at Karoo Road.
Sadio and Taki’s time has begun
Once again, it would come as no surprise that Sadio Mane is back in the starting line-up against Palace and not just because he has scored more goals against them than any other team in his career, having scored 12 goals from 14 matches.
Divock Origi will be the obvious man to pull out, although Klopp played down his injury fears after the Belgian limped off against Milan as he confirmed he was suffering from a cramp.
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Mohamed Salah will hold his place, as his night was saved in League Cup duties against Norwich City, but Diogo Jota has endured two quiet matches that could open the door to the start of the season for the first time. Takumi MinaminoHe scored his first Premier League goal against Palace last year.
Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jones are once again substitutes, with both joining the event as substitutes for the top three on Wednesday night, while there is no update on when Roberto Firmino will return from injury.
Possible Liverpool team (4-3-3): Alison. Alexander-Arnold, Matip; Van Dyck, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Minamino, Mane.